lives and works in Lahore. She holds a MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2012) and a BFA from National College of Arts, Lahore (2008). She is the recipient of various awards including Hajji Sharif Award in Miniature Painting from National College of Arts and New Contemporaries from ICA, London. Hussein’s practice is diversed, working with a variety of mediums from painting to photography. Hussain has exhibited widely in exhibitions in institutions in USA, England, France, Italy, Austria, India and Pakistan. Solo Shows include: A Fine Balance between Love and Despair, Rohtas 2, Lahore (2017); Embodiment of the Sublime, The Loft at the Lower Parel, Mumbai (2016); Before It Fades, Koel Gallery, Karachi (2015).
Artist Statement
A crucial aspect of my practice is working in an archival mode. Being a research based practicing artist I get fascinated by history. Exploring hidden treasures of untold narrative excites me while digging for ancient documents. The images are static yet moving, the words say nothing but they breathe. It’s like weaving of a net with ultimate patience and sheer pleasure just as one develops a relationship. The lucidity in the free flowing forms is organic. I recall a deep intense pain of a loss by the aged and pale paper, the sorrow one feels for lost time and relationships. The heartbreaking ache for one’s own existence, the imbalance and crudeness of life constitute a mellow palette.
Aisha Abid Hussain
Two Not Together Series ll, 2018
Relief print on Somerset & lead pencil on Wasli paper
12 x 20 inches